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Battery and bike light storage guide

27 March 2014

 

With British Summer time starting on 30th March the days will be longer and you may not need your bike lights again until later in the year.  A little bit of preparation now, will make all the difference come the Autumn when those dark nights sneak around again. 

Step One 

Clean your light.  Over the years we've found that a dry tooth brush is the best way to get rid of any mud or debris, Nick our repair man swears by them!  Please don't be tempted to jet wash your light, although waterproof to IP67 this is surely a step too far and really not necessary.   A quick rub down with a damp cloth and then a thorough dry with one of those lovely microfibre cloths will do the job perfectly!  If you do still have one of the older style batteries with a bag, it's a good idea at this point to check it for wear and tear and replace if necessary.  Remember a damp battery bag is bound to rot over the summer and will not do the battery terminals any good at all. 

Step Two 

Fully charge the battery.  Lithium ion batteries need to trickle out a small amout of charge at all times (even when not in use).  If your battery is left empty or with very little charge for any length of time it will enter a state of deep discharge and you will not be able to recharge it next season.  If you are thinking of leaving the battery unused from now until the Autumn, I would seriously suggest diarising to recharge your battery every month or so to keep it in tip top condition.  It will not last for 6 months without charge.  

Step Three

Disconnect the battery from the lighthead.  Check the cables for wear and tear, make sure they are free from mud and are perfectly dry.  If you leave the battery connected to the lighthead you may find it impossible to recharge.  Disconnect it now!!!  

Step four

Store the lightset in a cool place.  It is important to store your lightset in a cool, dry place whilst it is not in use, preferably inside the original packaging so it is properly protected.  Temperature is the single most important step for prologing the life of your battery and therefore your lightset.  The cooler the better, in fact the fridge is ideal, however your wife may not agree! One word of warning your shed may be freezing in the winter but often they're a sun trap in the summer! Never allow your battery to freeze - it will render it useless.

 

All of Magicshine UKs batteries are guaranteed for 12 months, however if you've splashed out and purchased an Open Light battery then you have the peace of mind, knowing you have a full two years warranty.  Following the guidlines above will also ensure a long life with minimal cell degredation, which is the cause of a reduced run time and a sad cyclist come Autumn! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give Bonita a ring on 01604 452423 - she's more than happy to help.  

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